Happy New Year everyone!! I know I’m posting my last 12 Days of Christmas post a bit late, but I have a reason for it, I promise. Scroll down to the bottom for the gift portion of this post!
2010 was an amazing year for books. Out of the 62 books I read this year (see, I said I’d do better. I doubled last year’s total), I had nineteen 5 heart ratings. Out of those 19, I picked my top five (and it was hard!), and one honourable mention. So, in descending order with number 1 being my favourite, here they are!
5. Bleeding Violet
by Dia Reeves
Bleeding Violet is one of the crazier books I’ve read this year, in a great way. The story blends an amazing mix of reality and fantasy in such a way that the reader isn’t sure whether Hanna is suddenly in a mystical situation, or just crazy – because Hanna is pretty wild. This book is a perfect example of how an author can send a reader straight inside a characters head for the entire read. Hanna has such a strong presence about her. Great writing, and even better plot!
4. Thirteen Days to Midnight
by Patrick Carman
Thirteen Days to Midnight is such a unique book. I really enjoyed the plotline and characterization, and I’m always a fan of some angst. The imagery in this book had me right there in the story along with Jacob, O, and Milo, feeling their awe and excitement and then fear and uncertainy. The whole ride was just intense, and I loved every minute of it!
3. Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver
I read Before I Fall for the Debut Book Battle that was held this year over at The Shady Glade. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, especially since at the beginning I did not like our main character Sam, and I was a little apprehensive about how I would handle the subject matter. Thankfully, Sam goes through incredible growth during the book and her character becomes quite likeable. And the book – the writing drags you in to the story and keeps you invested in Sam and her journey. By the end, even though I was in tears, I loved every minute I spent reading. Lauren Oliver is on my auto-buy list after her debut. I loved it.
2. Rot & Ruin
by Jonathan Maberry
Zombies! Of course I had to have a zombie book on this list, and Rot & Ruin is it. The utter desolation that shines through in Maberry’s writing is amazing. I’m all for the end of the world scenarios, and having that done by zombification is perfect in my mind. I enjoyed the traditional but still new take on zombies, and even just the name the characters have for outside their small townships – The Rot & Ruin. Doesn’t really lend itself to hope, does it? And yet, this book is so full of hope, and ordinary people overcoming great odds. Definitely a must read for any zombie fan.
1. Brightly Woven
by Alexandra Bracken
I don’t really have much more to say on this one. I’ve been singing it’s praises for most of the year, now. I absolutely love the world that Alexandra Bracken has created in Brightly Woven. A wonderful example of full-on fantasy, Sydelle and North are believable, fully-formed characters in a completely different land. The lore, background, history and peoples are great, and I connected with Sydelle immediately. And come on – who can’t love North? Such a wounded man, and yet loveable. Brightly Woven is my favourite of the year, and I cannot wait to see what else Alexandra has up her sleeves.
And my one honourable mention. Not a full novel, but an anthology, Zombies vs. Unicorns was a definite surprise this year. I’d never read an anthology before, and I loved the whole concept (zombies, of course. And don’t spread it around, but I was a complete Team Unicorn when I was younger. Hey, things change!) of the Teams. Holly’s and Justine’s banter in the introductions to each story was humourous and one of my favourite parts. This book contains so many wonderful authors in one place, and each story is well-worth the read.
And now for the last giveaway of The 12 Days of Christmas! One person will win a copy of one of my favourite books! (their choice, of course).
One winner – One book (out of these six)
Comment with an e-mail address to be entered
Open international to wherever the book depository ships
Contest closes 11:59pm EST January 12, 2011
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